Audience and the Use of Minority Languages on Twitter
Keywords:twitter, audience, language choice, code-switching, dialects, sociolinguistics, multilingualism
On Twitter, many users tweet in more than one language. In this study, we examine the use of two Dutch minority languages. Users can engage with different audiences and by analyzing different types of tweets, we find that characteristics of the audience influence whether a minority language is used. Furthermore, while most tweets are written in Dutch, in conversations users often switch to the minority language.